A foundation trust has taken the “unusual” step of writing to staff about its whistleblowing policy after an MP published allegations of bullying made by trust staff.
Labour MP for Bassetlaw John Mann says he has been contacted by “a number of his constituents” who work at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals Foundation Trust, who told him they were too scared to raise concerns about service cuts because of a campaign of bullying and intimidation.
Mr Mann published anonymous comments on his website - www.johnmannmp.com - under the heading: “In the staff’s own words: what’s really happening at Bassetlaw Hospital”.
For example, one claims that when staff raise “issues of concern to management they are bullied into submission, ignored or over-ruled”.
The trust’s interim chief executive Peter Reading responded by saying he had “taken the unusual step of writing to all hospital staff directly about the various ways in which they can raise concerns about how the trust is run or aspects of care”.
In an open letter to the press, Mr Reading said: “We have been given no evidence to support these comments.
“We are very concerned about the suggestion that there is such a campaign.”
“We welcome challenge by staff. No member of staff has raised any concerns that we are aware of about bullying and intimidation, nor have we heard anything from the trade unions or other staff organisations about such a thing going on in a systematic way, as Mr Mann suggests.”
Unison acting branch secretary for the area Rianne Johnson said the union also had no evidence that a “culture of bullying and harassment” existed at the trust.